The past couple weeks at The Ave, I have been talking about faithfulness to God. The main question underlying my messages has been: what does it take to live one’s full span of years in utter faithfulness to God.
Last night, I talked about the impossibility of living faithfully to God apart from community. While ‘community’ is perhaps the most overused and misunderstood word batted around in Christian and secular converstaions, I still think it is incredibly important for us to get inside of as contemporary followers of Jesus.
We are living in the wreckage of a culture that delights in the individual more than anything else. No matter how much we talk about the wonders of community, we still love stories that tell us of the success of the individual above all others odds. Simply look at the greatest hits in the movies of the past year: Cinderella Man, Ray, Million Dollar Baby.
Here is a powerful quotation on community from Eugene Peterson, one of my favorite authors of all time, that I read last night:
There can be no maturity in the spiritual life, no obedience in following Jesus, no wholeness in the Christian life apart from an immersion and embrace of community. I am not myself by myself. Community, not the highly vaunted individualism of our culture, is the setting in which Christ is at play.
Think on that for awhile.